Diving from the Gilis
Ever since I did my PADI Open Water at Ko Tao back in 2005, I have been obsessed with diving. The feeling of total freedom and serenity when you're under water is paradise for me, and now I simply can't get enough of it. idc komodo That's why I knew that the Gilis were crucial for my recent visit to Indonesia. I had heard of the small island of Gili Trawangan by a buddy who had lived there for 6 weeks, working as a dive master. She had firsthand experience of the brilliant diving in this area and that I just needed to speak with her for five minutes before I was convinced.
As I was going along with my sister and another friend, the two of whom hadn't dived before, she recommended that people went into Big Bubble Dive since the classes are small, and the instructors are friendly. The Gilis would be the perfect place to learn how to dive. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfy, with lots of divers of various levels of experience. You are also certain to observe a huge range of fish on each dip, and lots of the dive sites are shallow enough for training dives.
You will find 16 dip sites located across the three Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You can reach all of the websites by Jukung ships and the travel time is no more than about 25 minutes. This means that you don't need to spend half your time traveling to get to the dive site! This really is a huge plus point for me since I tend to find a bit sea sick, especially after a dip, as a result of salt water intrusion of my nose.
I have done a total of 8 dives, and every one was totally fantastic. I saw plenty of beautiful items including cuttlefish, octopus, black tip reef sharks, boxfish (my personal favourite), pufferfish and turtles, to mention but a few.
In my last dive, I was due to buddy up with my newly qualified sister. idc komodo However, among those Dive Masters suggested that I go with a different group to perform a more experienced drift dive since it had been, in his opinion, the best dive site in the region. This is the most spectacular dive I've ever done. I had been fortunate enough to spot a beautiful, two metre long bumphead parrot fish. This fish was unbelievably incredible to observe, polished deep green in crystal clear waters. This dip was truly the highlight of my whole trip.